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Arise America - 28/08

TCF fellow, Richard D. Kahlenberg has appeared on Arise America to talk about socioeconomic diversity at selective colleges.

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Tags: university admissions, universities, diversity in education, diversity, diverse education, college students, college education, college diversity

Community college district tries full slate of innovations, all at once

The Century Foundation has been cited in a PBS Newshour story about community colleges.

Hidden at the edge of an industrial park near the Phoenix airport, housed in a handful of utilitarian buildings with no grassy quadrangles or ivy crawling up red brick, Rio Salado Community College doesn’t look much like a typical higher-education institution.

It doesn’t act like one, either.

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Tags: community colleges, community college and career training, community college, college education

Community college district tries full slate of innovations, all at once

TCF fellow, Richard D. Kahlenberg has been quoted in a Chronicle of Higher Education article about economi diversity in universities.

The New York Times is entering the college-ratings game. Sorta. Kinda.

Next month it plans to unveil "a new ranking of colleges and universities based on their ability to attract underprivileged kids." Or at least that’s how the project is billed on the agenda for the Schools for Tomorrow conference that the newspaper is holding next week in New York City.

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Tags: university admissions, university, universities, educational diversity, college system, college students, college poverty, college education

Elite schools are still mostly attended by wealthy people

TCF senior fellow, Richard D. Kahlenberg has been quoted in a Salon article about the lack of access poor students have to university education.

There are more students from low-income schools with top grades and competitive exam scores than ever, more low-income students going to college than ever, but the number of these students attending elite colleges has stagnated over the last 20 years. As reported by Richard Pérez-Peña at the New York Times, federal surveys tracking attendance at these schools found “virtually no change” in enrollment of low-income students between 1990 and 2012.

Of the nearly 90 schools ranked as “most competitive” by Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges, only 14 percent of enrolled students came from low-income households, according to researchers at the University of Michigan and Georgetown University. The research was conducted in 2006, and the number of these students attending elite colleges was the same as it was in 1982.

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Tags: university admissions, universities, college system, college students, college poverty, college education, college diversity

How Universities Can Bridge the Graduation Gap

August 27, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: Mercedes Gonzalez TOPICS: Education, Ensuring Fairness in College Admissions

Faced with a potential end to its race-based affirmative action program, the University of Colorado at Boulder developed an innovative class-based system that it supplemented with an enrichment program. TCF education intern Mercedes Gonzalez says the program’s success is a model for other universities to emulate.

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Tags: the future of affirmative action, higher education, graduation gap, first-g, diversity, cu boulder, affirmative action

Separate but Unequal in College Greek Life

August 12, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: Clio Chang TOPICS: Education, Ensuring Fairness in College Admissions

TCF policy associate Clio Chang investigates elitism from the frat house to the fortune 500 and finds that Greek systems at the nation's elite colleges and universities are exacerbating class divides.

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Tags: sororities, sexual assault, racism, greek life, fraternities, diversity, class segregation

 

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Most K-12 education reforms are about trying to make "separate but equal" schools for rich and poor work well. The results of these efforts have been discouraging. The Century Foundation looks at ways to integrate public schools by economic status through public school choice. At the higher education level, we examine ways to open the doors of selective and non-selective institutions to students of modest means.

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